Three to vie for Long Beach project

A proposed civic center would be the second social PPP for the California city.

A shortlist of three bidders for what is primed to be the second social infrastructure public-private partnership (PPP; P3) in America has been ratified.

A Request for Proposals (RFP) will be issued to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a civic center in Long Beach, a Southern California enclave and the site of the first-ever social infrastructure P3 in the US—the ‘Long Beach Court Building project’.

The Long Beach City Council approved the RFP—which should be put out to tender in early 2014—last week. Shortlisted to vie for the project are:

-‘Long Beach CiviCore Alliance,’ teaming Macquarie Group, Lend Lease Corporation and PCL Construction;

-Plenary Group and Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate, and;

-Related California, a real estate developer from Irvine, California.

Each team was picked from a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) published in April. Long Beach publicised its civic center project in early 2013, citing the “functional obsolescence” of the current complex.

The 16-acre civic center opened in 1978 and is comprised of a city hall, public library and park area. The cost of the project has been estimated to be $170 million.

For Long Beach, a maritime center located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, the civic center project marked its latest PPP in social infrastructure.

Long Beach is home to the George Deukmejian Courthouse—a PPP delivered by AECOM Technology and fund manager Meridiam Infrastructure which opened in September.